One person is dead and two injured after a police chase in south Auckland on Monday morning.
Police attempted to stop a stolen vehicle which then fled from police on Bairds Road in Otara.
The car collided with a tree just before 6am.
A male driver died at the scene and two female passengers have been taken to Middlemore Hospital, one in a serious condition and the other with moderate injuries.
The road remains closed and is not expected to reopen until late morning.
Diversions are in place and police are advising motorists to avoid the area if possible.